IVIS-17; WAN tip for DaaS

IVIS-17 – External experience can help fine-tune your WAN topology as workspace virtualization (DaaS) changes connectivity dynamics a bit….

Having worked for a telco personally, I understand the challenges in enterprises trying to mix/match “the best link for each remote location” (or store or franchise or branch…).  With DaaS allowing the centralization of applications through the centralization of workspaces, how can an enterprise use this to their advantage?

In answer to the question:

“While cable has higher download speeds quoted (5-6Mb?) than do T-1’s, T-1’s at 1.54Mbs (up and down) have higher upload speeds (vs cable 500Kb).

 For two extreme use cases, would DaaS require more download bandwidth or upload bandwidth:

  • Streaming video?
  • Most basic task worker (e.g. call center)?

The reason for the question is I am scoping multiple sites with existing bandwidth variations (MPSL on T-1’s mainly).  If cable can be recommended, the client could more easily support smaller branch offices  less expensively.  The alternative would be small appliances, which we haven’t well defined yet from a TCO/ROI perspective.

PS I’m also looking into how MPLS fits into the cable or FiOS world….not  sure of  impact of this piece yet.


From Desktone’s VP of Engineering, Ken Ringdahl:

“There is very little upload speed required no matter what the use case.  The desktop display is all download. The only things uploaded are the mouse and keyboard and any peripherals plugged in to the end point…for example our Lexington and Ottawa offices are both on commercial cable Internet and doing just fine.” 

In summary, with workspaces centralized, closer to corporate applications, there is further opportunity to architect the optimal WAN price/performance.  When considering a desktop refresh for remote workers, adding WAN options to the mix can add significant ROI to your TCO calculations.


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